Searching for a reliable vehicle on a strict budget can seem impossible if you're looking in the wrong places. Smaller cars in the compact class are normally the first place to begin searching, as they tend to be less expensive and even cheaper to maintain due to its great fuel economy. By coupling the idea of a compact car solution with an always-affordable manufacturer like Hyundai, the Hyundai Accent is the option, which springs to mind. It is the maker's most inexpensive vehicle.
Since so many people were seeking out a low-priced car, the popular 2009 Hyundai Accent was able to include a few new features to make an affordable fuel-efficient car that was actually enjoyable both in appearance and drivability. The upgrades to the 2009 Accent with respect to content and powertrain make it one of the best in terms of a good deal. The idea of an entry-level car being a form of criticism no longer applies when seeking out a stylish yet affordable alternative to the more expensive and less fuel efficient midsize cars.
Body style: Four-door sedan and two-door hatchback
Engines: 1.6-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: Four-speed automatic and five-speed manual
Models: GS Base Hatchback, GS Hatchback, SE Hatchback, and GLS Sedan
The rise in the models popularity allows the 2009 Hyundai Accent to include several new perks for both appearance and performance. The fuel economy for the 2009 Accent is increased from 3 to 8 percent over the 2008 Accent's figures. Interior upgrades, such as cruise control, keyless entry, a sunroof, and power accessories, are included on specific trim levels.
The exterior styles of the 2009 Hyundai Accent can vary greatly depending on whichever model is selected. The basic 2009 Accent model is the GS. Its form is that of a two-door hatchback with 14-inch steel wheels that come standard. The SE two-door hatchback is a sporty model as it has 16-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, and a short throw sport shifter for the five-speed manual transmission option. One of the new features only an option for the SE is the availability of a sunroof. The GLS sedan is very similar to the GS in terms of features. Cruise control is also available on all 2009 Accent models as an optional feature.
The interior traits of the 2009 Accent mainly fall into two separate groups: the GS and GLS features as well as the SE features. Even though the GLS has standard air-conditioning and the GS only has it as an option, the rest of the choice selections for the two models are basically the same. The models offer two 12-volt power outlets, a six-way-adjustable driver seat with a driver's fold-down arm rest, and a reclining 60/40 split rear seatback as standard features. The optional features for the two include a keyless entry, alarm, and a 172-watt CD/MP3 audio system with satellite radio, and an auxiliary jack.
Since the 2009 Accent SE model is more focused on a sporty feel and look, the interior features keep to that overall theme. The GS optional features come standard in the SE, as do the standard additions of foglamps, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a rear center armrest with cup-holders.
Performance & Handling
All 2009 Hyundai Accent models are powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, which can deliver a rather respectable 110 horsepower and 106 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission on all trims is the five-speed manual, but a four-speed automatic is available as an option. The size of the 2009 Accent matched with a strut front independent suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs makes it highly maneuverable and very easy to handle even on crowded city streets.
The 2009 Hyundai Accent fares very well in terms of safety for a smaller car, especially in the front-occupant protection category. In fact, the government frontal impact crash test rated the Hyundai Accent sedan a perfect five-star safety rating for front-occupant protection. All 2009 Accents are equipped with front seat side impact airbags and full length head curtain bags to have a total of six airbags. Anti-lock brakes come standard on the SE model, while optional on the GS and GLS.
EPA Fuel Economy
Hyundai Accent, manual transmission: 27/33 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Accent, automatic transmission: 26/35 mpg city/highway
- Fuel economy
You Won't Like
- Acceleration of automatic transmission
- Rear-seat entry of hatchbacks
An amazing choice, particularly for city drivers.
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